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Poster: donu Date: Sep 13, 2006 6:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A question for the lucky '77 showgoers

Responding to grendelschoice, I was at 4/23, 11/4, and 11/6, and there was no comparison for me. 11/6 was kind of a repeat of 5/8 [scarlet/fire, st. stephen, nfa, st. stephen], so it didn't hold the magic for me, and the other two had memorable moments [franklin' tower, stella blue...], but didn't have the transformative feeling of being elevated and left there that 5/8 did. That was very clear as the concerts ended.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 13, 2006 9:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A question for the lucky '77 showgoers

Shows the amazing power of that Cornell show b/c the others you mention are really pretty terrific as well.

The 1/2 Step from 11-6-77 is still my all time favorite and I just can't imagine how crazy that would have been seeing it in person.

About how many people would you estimate were at those shows? I'm guessing 4, maybe 5,000? How was the sound in those college barns and smaller arenas?

Other 1977 show veterans--i'm still looking to hear from you as well!

GC

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Poster: donu Date: Sep 13, 2006 10:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A question for the lucky '77 showgoers

There were probably around 6,000 people at Cornell. My first show was 12/5/71 at the Felt Forum in NYC, and the intensity of that many 'highly attuned' people in the same small place was what made it remarkable. I had no idea at the time what was going on, but knew that I wanted to be in the midst of that again.

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Sep 14, 2006 8:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A question for the lucky '77 showgoers

you know, somewhere in OWGWAMS at www.deadnetcentral.com Dick Latvala has a few pages of commentary covering 1977, later on I'll try to find it and link it here.
Surprizingly he pans the Cornell show and lists a bunch of 77 shows he considers better.

ah! finally tracked the links down!
From here >> http://home1.gte.net/cmp1163x/vaultDNC.htm
to here >> http://home1.gte.net/cmp1163x/vault77.txt


This post was modified by cosmicharlie on 2006-09-14 15:07:46

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 14, 2006 8:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A question for the lucky '77 showgoers

interesting reading - thanks for the link - not sure if i completely agree with every show he mentioned. must be because (in my calcified brain) 5/8 has always been so "archetypal" in sound and legend. Still haven't heard a scarlet-fire segue i've enjoyed more. and the SS-NFA-SS aint too bad either :)

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Poster: cosmicharlie Date: Sep 14, 2006 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A question for the lucky '77 showgoers

well that's just Dicks opinion, imo 5/8/77 was one of the best of 1977. When i asked, He told me the 5/26/73 Kezar Stadium show was so-so...I really enjoy that show! I think sometimes he liked being a Dick lol :)

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 14, 2006 10:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: A question for the lucky '77 showgoers

Thanks for that link, CC...even if I don't agree completely w/Dick on this point, i'm really sad he passed on (as did the Dix Pix series) before he could pump out some of those other shows he mentions!!!